Driving Audi’s latest Europe-market S3 Sportback gives us a look at what to expect when the new sedan model comes to the United States next year.
It’s been more than 20 years since Audi introduced the S3, a high-performance version of the A3. Back then, its 20-valve 1.8-liter four-banger made 207 horsepower, a number that seems quaint today. While that original S3 never made it to the United States, we did get the 292-hp S3 in 2015, a punchy and attractive sports sedan capable of hitting 60 in 4.4 seconds. We were so smitten, we wondered why anyone would spend more for the slower S4 sedan.